Welcome to the college football silly SZN on steroids, thanks to the one-time transfer rule and this year's higher-volume-than-usual coaching carousel. On Monday alone, the transfer portal was smoking...
Wow, those are some high value prospects there! *sarcasm*
People here keep saying that "we need to use the portal, we need to use the portal."
The problem is that the portal is full of rejects and players that were 2, 3 or more positions down in the depth chart, often in schools with less talent than Clemson. There may be a hidden gem in there somewhere, but most of them aren't worth a starting slot on our team and they want to start, which is why they are in the portal to begin with.
Other than OL (that takes time to develop), or DB (has to fit CBV scheme), I don't see many that Clemson would aggressively recruit.
Keep in mind, these are the guys that will judge their next stop by immediate playing time. That's never anything that Dabo will promise. Although, there's plenty of evidence where, if you work hard, you'll see the field.
Hopefully all these "portal pumpers" realize that once you look at the list, the options are slim. The only way Alabama and other Power 5 schools get the top players, is they never stop recruiting them even after they sign somewhere else.